On Huron Wave's November Newsletter 2011

Editor: Margaret Krause

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Sunday worship 9:30 AM

223 E Mill St

PO Box 338

Oscoda MI 48750-0338

Email: hope-st.john@sbcglobal.net

Tel: (989)739-7785

Glorifying God as faithful servants of Christ

Hope St Johns Parish

PO Box 338

Oscoda MI 48750-0338




Joint Council

Bud Rick -President

Julie Dorcey
Karen Rademacher - Vice President Hershel Lee
Margaret Krause - Secretary Rosalie Peterson
Bob Potts - Treasurer Norma Lee

John Rademacher

Dot Bissell

Hope Council

Karen Rademcaher - President Don Schulz
Dot Bissell - V. President/Secretary Lucienne Schulz
Bob Potts -Treasurer John Rademacher

St. John'sVestry

Norma Lee -Sr Warden

& Convocation Representative

Bud Rick - Junior Warden

Bill Dorcey

Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk

Julie Dorcey

Margaret Krause -Secretary

Hershel Lee

Bob Potts - Treasurer

Harriet Ellwein

Bev Osborn

Church-wide, regional leaders

Most Rev. Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop  ELCA
Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop  ECUSA
Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop  EDEM
Rt. Rev. John Schleicher, Bishop- N/WLMS-ELCA
The Very Rev. Owen Williams, Dean  Sunrise Conference
The Very Rev David Vickers, Dean  Northern Convocation
Naomi Deo, President of the Northern Convocation



Hope St. John's Parish

A ministry of

Episcopal Church  USA

and the

Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America

In last month’s newsletter there was an article on Reformation Sunday. It was noted that many churches combine Reformation Sunday with All Saints Day as a way to focus on our heritage. The following is an explanation on All Saints Day. A service that honors the faithful who have gone on before us would be a beautiful. MK





Secular culture and many Low Church traditions associate All Saints Day (November 1), also known as All Hallows (hallows = saints) or Hallowmas (mas = Mass), with Halloween (een=evening before or eve), All Hallows Eve (October 31). As a result, many tend to reject this Holy Day because of modern associations with witches, ghouls, the macabre, and a preoccupation with death that began to grow up around the Holy Day in the medieval period. Also, Protestants have generally tended to be uncomfortable with this day in its association in Roman Catholic tradition with the doctrine of Purgatory and praying for the dead.

All Souls Day began in the third century to honor martyrs of the Christian Faith. By the seventh and eighth centuries it developed as a way to honor any of the saints of the Church who had attained the full status of heaven. During the early medieval period in the eleventh century, the following day, November 2, came to be observed as All Souls Day to remember those who had died but had not yet achieved the “beatific vision” of heaven, or who were still in Purgatory. This became a time to pray and intercede for these departed saints.

As with a lot of other excesses of the medieval period, these two days began to accrue a lot of popular mythology and became overlaid with layers of superstition. However, much of what concerns modern Christians actually developed in Ireland and England from pagan Celtic festivals and was imported into the United States by immigrants in the middle 19th century. It was not until the late 19th century that Halloween emerged in its modern Western version, which was then exported to other countries. It is this syncretism of Christianity with pagan beliefs in Halloween that lends a bad reputation to All Saints Day in Western Protestant thinking.

Yet beyond those issues, traditionally in the Church the two days of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) were valued as times to celebrate heritage and those Christians of the past who faithfully transmitted the Faith to succeeding generations. Martin Luther actually chose All Saints Eve to send his Ninety Five Theses to the Archbishop. His challenge to the Church and its leaders to reform was set against the background of the heritage of that Church. And even after the Reformation, both Lutheran and Anglican traditions retained the celebration of All Saints Day as a time to honor those who had been faithful.

Today, many Protestant churches combine the two traditional days into the observance of All Saints Day. However, the day focuses not only on honoring departed members of the Church and local congregations, but also those still living who have contributed to the work and ministry of the Church in significant ways. Since most years November 1 falls on a weekday and most Protestant churches do not have weekday services, usually the Sunday following November 1 is celebrated as All Saints Sunday (All Saints Day falls on a Sunday in 2009 and 2015). Some churches combine All Saints Day celebration with Reformation Sunday (last Sunday in October) as a way to focus on heritage.

Robin Stephenson-Bratcher and Dennis Bratcher

Dennis Bratcher, Copyright 2009 CRI Voices Institute


Daylight Savings Time

Ends on November 6th

Remember we "Fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time.


I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear,

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree

Joyce Kilmer

Archives 2011

September Newsletter

October Newsletter





We Pray For

Barbara Bersgstrom

 Carl Byron

Trudy Cochrane

Helen Cottrell

Maris Decon

Kerry Decker

Carol Gardener

Keegan Harrington

Rick Harrington

Norma Lee

Chris Loveless

Linda Loveless

Eli Masich

Diane Martinez

Gary Maaske

Tom McLure

Shelly Paton

Susan Reames

Rosalie Peterson

Mike Richardson

Joe Rioux

Lori Sherherd


Prayer List For Our Military

United States Air Force

United States Marine Corp

Arron Engle

James Rohrer

Melanie Engle

John Rohrer

Cory Rick

United States Army

Jonathan Matthews

Christopher Scott

Anthony Sidoti

Kyle Shepherd

Stephany & Joel Therrion


United States Navy

Jay Bergstreeser

Jarred Loveless

Tim Callaham

Christopher Morris

Mitchell Curley

Jayson & Tonya Rayner













Ruth Ann Schabacker

November Birthdays

November 1     Rosalie Peterson

November 5     David Loveles

November16    YvonneColbath

November        Diane Gary


Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


November  Anniversaries

November 6th Bob & Jan Potts

Supply Clergy

November 6th

BCP Rev. Peter Cominos


November 13th

ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl


November 20th

BCP Rev. Peter Cominos

Healing Service

November 27th

ELW Rev. James Blair




We are indeed grateful for the clergy who visit with us each week. Thank you for sharing with us.

We are so blessed.


*Schedule of Events *

November 6, Discretionary Fund & Potluck
November 2,9,16,23,30 Bible Study 9:30 am
November 3,10 Ladies Bible Study 1:30 pm
November 20 Joint Council
November 22 St. Anne’s Guild
November 15 Grocery Give-away 2:30 pm   At the old Carter Building


OSCODA FISH INC. Christmas Gift House
Each December FISH volunteers manage a Christmas Gift House at the Methodist Church in Tawas. This mission provides a Merry Christmas for the needy families in our community by offering to those who qualify, free gifts and books for each child as well as a gift for the parents. These gifts are either donated or purchased with contributions. Please be generous, bring your
Donations and place them in the box designated for FISH. Cash contributions may be placed on the offering plate with a designation for FISH or given to Bud Rick or Margaret Krause. Thanks!
Health Bytes November 2011
What does True Thankfulness Mean?
Gratitude is difficult. Isn't that ironic? It seems so easy and natural. God gives; we accept and are thankful—end of story. But it's rarely so simple or clean. What if we're not in a healthy place to receive God's blessings? What if God takes something or someone away from us? How do we live gratefully in the midst of suffering, or simply in the normal messiness of life?
It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that gratitude is passive: God is the one acting, bestowing gifts upon us. We just have to receive what he gives us. Receiving, though, isn't always easy, and it is never passive. It means actively unclenching and opening our hands and our lives, not just when God wants to give us something shiny and new, but even when he gives us trials.
True gratitude stems from this openness. It is an intentional, courageous undertaking, challenging our assumptions of what God's faithfulness looks like in good times and in bad. If we are only grateful during good times, our response hinges on God's gifts to us, and our gratitude becomes conditional and weak.
The Israelites expressed this conditional gratitude to God many times throughout the Old Testament. They were thankful when the Lord delivered them, but they were often grumbling and ho-hum in their faith when things didn't go their way. We are often weak with God because, if we're honest, it's easier to be thankful when things are great in our lives, not when they are hard. Of course, it's always right to express thankfulness for specific situations, things, or person God has given us. Naming those good relationships and things in our lives is part of actively pursuing gratitude.
God desires that we desire him, the Giver, and not the gifts alone. But here's the good news: God manifests himself through his goodness to us, and this is why we offer him thanks. As the Psalmist says, "Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men!" (Psalm 107:15, NIV).
God is not aloof or distant, nor is he fickle in his love like the Israelites and us. He is ever-present and continually offers the gift of himself, even when we experience suffering, persecution, sickness, financial burden, relational turmoil, or other hardships.
James tells us that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17, NIV). Because God is faithful, we can be receptive to him even during difficulty. This doesn't mean we like the situation or that we have to find some sort of good in it while we're in that situation. Sometimes the only good thing we will meet is God himself, and he will sustain us.
SJHS Parish Nurse Program
Kim Easterle RN
Bonnie McMaken @christianbiblestudies.com
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today
Have you used one to say “thank you”? William A. Ward

Bishop John’s Letter, October 2011

Showing Up: An Exhortation

In an age when we are so easily infected by “cocoooning,” opting to stay at home rather than making the choice to visibly witness to our oneness in the body of Christ, I believe we are called to repent of isolating tendencies. Symptoms of this infection, this illness, include not showing up for weekly worship, or if we are congregational leaders, not reaching beyond the confines of our local parish to regularly participate in ecumenical and conference and synod gatherings.

The metaphor of being members of the body of Christ helps us to re-member, to regularly “show up” for one another, to demonstrate by our actions that we believe in the one holy, catholic, and apostolic church. When we make it a “habit of the heart” to be present for one another, we are the body at its healthiest, at its best “for the sake of the world.”

I saw this so clearly at the ordination of Carla Rush this September 18 at First Lutheran in Dayton, Ohio. At least 150 people including a dozen pastors and a deaconess showed up to be with Carla, to publicly promise to support her as a servant of Christ in the ministry of word and sacrament. Five of these made the nearly seven hour journey from Bethany, Kaleva, where Carla will no serve as pastor. It is hard to overestimate how much this meant to Carla and to all the rest of us. We filled the worship space at First with loud praises and prayers and acclamations during this once-in-a-lifetime experience for Carla. Now, I suspect, each September 18 Carla will remember this day in 2011 and perhaps especially these words spoken in the ordination rite, “the church’s call is God’s call” to this ministry.

What made this so striking is that it was a gray Sunday afternoon. Most of the assembly would have already gathered that morning in their own congregations. It would have been so much easier to “skip it,” or maybe just send a fleeting prayer for Carla from one’s home. But they came. They showed up.

At the September gathering of Capital Conference rostered leaders, I exhorted these leaders to resist cocooning (though not exactly in those words). I urged them to be present on the 25th for the installation of Laura Gerstl, newly ordained pastor now serving at Calvary, Lansing. I did that because I know what it would mean for Laura and for Calvary and for the health and vitality of our whole church.

The urge to cocoon can be powerful. It is often so much easier to yield to our weariness, to declare our need for “self care,” as necessary and holy as that just as often is. Especially if an event or gathering is not part of our regular routine, we find it pretty easy to say “no.”

Which brings me to this invitation: During the days between October 30 and November 13, you are invited to be present for “discernment gatherings” within your congregation and is some cases in your conference or with a nearby congregation. Times and places to be announced soon.) As a member of the body of Christ, you have something to offer, some insight, some perspective, as all across the two ELCA synods in the lower peninsula we seek to hear God’s voice in creating a plan for mutual missional action.

You are invited to speak (and write) the promptings within you, however imperfect or partially-formed they may be, regarding the will of God for your congregation and synod. Guidelines for this discernment process will be sent to your congregation soon, but * note immediately following this article some questions which you can already wrestle before you attend a discernment gathering.

In the heart of our ELCA mission statement is the word “gathered”. It is what the baptized people of God do. It is essential to our witness. I exhort you to resist the cocoon option. For the sake of your sisters and brothers in Christ and for the sake of our witness to the world, “show up!”

~ Bishop John*Copies will be on the bulletin board

Lets all reject “cocooning” and step outside our comfort zones by making every effort to attend all church meetings and functions. . . . .Lets make Hope St. John’s Parish a very healthy body at its best! MK


How to stay safe in the world today!

Where IS the safest place?

Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.

Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home.

Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.

Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.

Of the remaining 33%, 32 % of all deaths occur in hospitals.

So, above all else, avoid hospitals.


You will be pleased to learn that only .001 percent of all deaths occur in worship services in and these are usually related to previous physical disorders.

Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church!

And . . . Bible study is safe too! The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less.

So, Attend church, And read your Bible IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!

What is the shortest chapter of the Bible? Psalm 117

What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119

Which chapter is the center of the Bible? Psalm 118


There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118

There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118

Add these numbers up and you get 1188

What is the center verse in the Bible? Psalm 118.8

Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our lives?

The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His word! Psalm 118:8 (NKJV)

“ It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Now isn’t that odd how this worked out…or was God in the center of it?

Father God, bless my friends in whatever it is that you know he or she may be needing this day! May their life be full of your peace, prosperity, and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with You. Amen.   Received in an e-mail

Thanksgiving Trivia Questions

1) In what year did the first Thanksgiving occur? _____________________________________________________________

2) What Indian tribe was at the first Thanksgiving?

3) What country other than the United States celebrates Thanksgiving?

4) Who was the first department store to hold a Thanksgiving Day parade? _____________________________________________________________

5) What is the name of the famous rock where the Pilgrims supposedly landed? _________________________________________________________

6) Which President signed Thanksgiving into Federal holiday status? _________________________________________________________

7) What does the term cornucopia mean?


8) True or False, it is believed that only 5 women were present at the first Thanksgiving. ___________________________________

9) How many days did the first Thanksgiving last? _______________________________

10) What utensil was primarily used at that first Thanksgiving? _________________________

Community Happenings

United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar November 5th , 9 AM to 3 PM

Beef Stew Lunch 11 AM to 2 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church Christmas Bazaar November 12th, 9 AM to 3 PM

Lunch 11 AM to 1 PM Choice: Beef Stew or Soup and Sandwiches

Thanksgiving Trivia – Answers

1621. The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.

2) Wampanoag

3) Canada
4) Gimbles in Philadelphia, 1920.
5) Plymouth Rock
6) Franklin D Roosevelt
7) Horn of Plenty
8) True. And they cooked the meal!
9) 3

10) Spoons, forks weren’t invented yet.


The 17th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan was held in Bay City at Trinity Episcopal Church and the Double Tree Hotel. Delegates to the convention were Bud and Norma Rick, Dot Bissell and Margaret Krause.

Friday evening the delegates were bussed from the hotel to Trinity for a beautiful worship service officiated by Bishop Todd Ousley. The music was tremendous with choirs from Trinity and St. Albans, brass instrumentalists, and one grand pipe organ. A reception followed in the fellowship hall with delicious food, good wine and a cool band..

Saturday morning the business meeting convened after a brief worship service. Followed by a noon day break for lunch and the remainder of the business meeting. We met some new friends and renewed old friendships. Next years convention will be held on October 19 and 20th , the place to be announced.


We are sorry to be saying “Good Bye” to Shirley Sproul, Bev and Bob Hunt, and Penny Mullin this first week in November. Then Bev Saner departs a short time later. We wish you a warm, healthy, and happy winter. God bless you and keep you safe.

The First Sunday in Advent

November 27th

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

Advent is a time of preparation that is marked by prayer. While Lent is characterized by fasting and a spirit of penitence, Advent prayers are prayers of humble devotion and commitment, prayers of submission, prayers for deliverance, prayers from those walking in darkness who are awaiting and anticipating a great light (Isa 9)

CRI Voices Institute

Christmas Poinsettia

If you wish to help with the purchase of Poinsettia for our Christmas service, please sign up on the flower chart on the bulletin board by December 10th. If you are a snowbird and wish to participate you may use the form in this newsletter and mail a check and the form to Hope St. John’s Parish, P.O. Box 338, Oscoda, MI 48750

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Your Name_____________________________________________________________

In memory of ___________________________________________________________

In thanksgiving for _______________________________________________________

Donation ________________________ Please make check payable to Hope St. John’s Parish

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Wishing you God’s blessings and the warmth, love and contentment

that makes every day of the year a day of thanksgiving!

Margaret Krause, Editor

Ignore the typos and grammar, I did! Complaints or corrections 724-5203